Rule 12-17 Role of the Hearing Officer.

In the conduct of an adjudication, a hearing officer may:

(a) administer oaths and affirmations, examine witnesses, rule upon offers of proof, receive written and oral testimony, and oversee and regulate discovery procedures;

(b) upon the request of any party, or upon the hearing officer's discretion, subpoena the attendance of witnesses and the production of books, records, or other information;

(c) regulate the course of the hearing in accordance with Rule 12-21;

(d) dispose of procedural requests or similar matters;

(e) make recommended or final findings of fact or decisions, determinations or orders, as authorized by law; and

(f) take any other action authorized by law or agency rule consistent therewith.